Page 158 Books is excited to welcome authors Amy Willoughby-Burle and Heather Bell Adams in conversation to celebrate the release of Amy's latest novel, The Other Side of Certain.
For the love of love...and books
Mattie Mobley planned to be a teacher, but when times grew tough during America's Great Depression, and there were no teaching positions in her hometown of Asheville, NC, Mattie found work starting a school and helping the Pack Horse Librarians just over the mountains in the rural town of Certain, Kentucky. She's not certain at all that this is a good situation, but she's determined, and honestly, a little desperate. Of all the things that Mattie does have-money, comforts, a good name, she doesn't have what matters most-friends, love, and a purpose of her own.
Daniel, "The Grizzly Bear," Barrett had a lovely life for a little while. Overcoming his family's bad name and worse reputation, he made a life for himself in Certain. He was married with children and a figure of respect in his church, but desperate times called for desperate measures and a terrible tragedy was the result. Now exiled with his children along the wily run of the Hell for Certain Creek, Daniel has gotten used to being the town pariah again. It's in his blood after all. Right? Maybe not, but he'll need the powerful influence of love not only to change his own mind about himself but to convince his estranged extended family and the whole town as well.
Can one librarian with a saddlebag full of books make people see the difference between fact and fiction? Mattie loves a good story, and this may be her best one yet. Fiction tells the best truths and the best truth of all is love.
Amy Willoughby-Burle is the author of three novels and a collection of short fiction, including 2020’s The Year of Thorns and Honey. When not working on her own fiction, she teaches creative writing and works as a freelance editor, as well as directing the Wildacres Writers Workshop in Little Switzerland, NC.
Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, NC and now lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and four children. Her fiction focuses on the importance of family and friends and centers on the themes of forgiveness, second chances, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She likes to write about the wonder and mystery of everyday life.